Shane Buechele was the star of the 2016 Spring Game and a few months later he and a handful of other freshmen made an impact during the regular season. As the group moves into their sophomore seasons, hoping to avoid a slump that slowed down the talented 2015 freshmen class, let’s dive into some 2016 freshman facts.
We’re counting down the days until the Spring football with 50 Texas football facts in 50 days, so here are five 2016 freshman facts to know:
Shane Buechele started the second-most games by a Texas freshman quarterback with 12 games. His debut was kept under wraps before the Notre Dame game, and he went on to start every game of the season, something that hasn’t happened since Garrett Gilbert was the quarterback in 2010. The only freshman to start more games was Colt McCoy, but unlike McCoy (and Gilbert), Buechele was a true freshman, not a redshirt.
Buechele’s 2,958 passing yards is the most by a freshman in school history, he surpassed McCoy, who threw 2,570 yards in 2006. Buechele, however, fell short of McCoy’s touchdown mark. McCoy had 29 touchdown throws to Buechele’s 21.
Devin Duvernay’s 80-yard touchdown catch against Kansas State is tied with Victor Ike in 1999 against North Carolina State and Eric Metclaf against Rice in 1985 as the fourth-longest reception by a freshmen in school history. A week earlier, Duvernay had the eighth-longest reception by a freshman with a 75-yard touchdown grab against Iowa State. And a few months before that, against Oklahoma, Duvernay had the 17th longest reception by a freshman with a 63-yard play. Roy Williams, with a 96-yard play against Oklahoma State in 2000, holds the record.
Duvernay and Collin Johnson’s combined 48 catches is the second most by a freshmen receiving duo in school history. Johnson’s two touchdown grabs against Texas Tech are tied with five other players for most by a freshman. And the duo’s three touchdowns apiece are tied for second most in school history (tied with six other players). Williams, because he could be the best receiver in school history, naturally holds the record with eight touchdowns his freshman season. Holding the record for most receptions by freshman receiving duo is Williams (40 for 809 yards) and B.J. Johnson (41 for 698 yards), who combined for 81 catches in 2000.
Malcolm Roach’s eight tackles for a loss are tied for eighth most in program history for a freshman. Tony Brackens’ 16 is the record. Roach is tied with Bryan Pickryl (2002) and Kalen Thornton (2000). Roach’s three sacks are tied for 10th all-time for freshman at Texas. Tim Campbell (1975) holds the record with 13.
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